|Author: ||Bengt Sparre,
Yellow / Orange
Tropaeolum polyphyllum var. incisum Speg.1902.
Tropaeolum polyphyllum fo. schizophyllum Ross.
This lovely member of the
Tropaeolaceae was given this name by Bengt Sparre in 1955. It is found in
the Andes; Argentina and Chile, growing in a well drained soil with
some water and some sun. The caudex can grow to five centimetres,
the whole plant up to 35 centimetres. The flowers are yellow and
The genera name
is the diminutive of trophy; given by Carl Linnaeus, who
chose the genus name because the plant reminded him of an ancient
custom: After victory in battle, the Romans erected a trophy pole
(or tropaeum, from the Greek tropaion, source of English "trophy")
on which the vanquished foe's armour and weapons were hung.
The species is named means 'deeply cut' for the leaves.